Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sinning for money is on the increase

OLDEST PROFESSION: The number of prostitution offences increased by almost 10pc over the last year
OLDEST PROFESSION: The number of prostitution offences increased by almost 10pc over the last year
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

More people living in Ireland are turning to the world's oldest profession to make money, according to the latest official crime statistics. The number of prostitution offences - which include brothels, keeping, soliciting and the organisation of prostitution - increased by almost 10pc over the last year.

Meanwhile, if it is gambling which is your weakness, it looks like the number of people breaching betting and gambling rules is on the up. The number of regulated betting, money collection or trading offences surged by almost 13pc over the last year. Those offences include breaches of the Betting Acts, breaches of the Gaming and Lotteries Acts (which allow some limited forms of gambling), collecting money without a permit, and not having a licence when street trading.

There also appears to have been an increase in the numbers begging on the streets. The number of social code offences - which include begging and allowing a child under the age of 16 to beg - has increased by 6pc.

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